How much do website design services cost?
What is the cost or price range for website design services such as custom web designs, website redesign, e-commerce and mobile web design?
Web design services can cost anywhere from $1000 - $15,000+ depending on the type, scope and platform of the website. While it is possible to get sub $1000 prices, generally the design, code and structure of the website will be of very poor quality. The average price for a website is most likely in the $2000 - $3000 range for a full website.
There are 5 main components to creating a website
1. Domain Name
3. SSL Certificate
4. Website Creation
5. Memberships / Plugins etc
1. Domain Name
Domain name will depend on the type of domain name – some domain names are more expensive than others, but generally speaking you are looking anywhere between $45 - $140 per year.
There are some premium domains, which can cost thousands of dollars, but that is generally an exception.
There are great variations on hosting prices. Just with anything else, you get what you pay for. If you find a company who offers webhosting for less than $150 per year, chances are your website will be on a server with thousands of other websites and will most likely be slow to load. Also tech support is generally minimal or via email only.
If your website gets a lot of traffic and if you have many large files, then you may need to consider Virtual Private Server or a Dedicated Web Server and this can set you back between $100 - $2000 per month.
However, for the majority of small businesses, you can get decent shared hosting from $25 per month.
3. SSL Certificate
An SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) certificate is a digital certificate that authenticates the identity of a website and encrypts information sent to the server using SSL technology. Encryption is the process of scrambling data into an undecipherable format that can only be returned to a readable format with the proper decryption key.
Whilst in previous years you only needed SSL certificate if you were accepting payments online, these days you need to have SSL Certificate for all websites, otherwise Google marks your website as Not Secure.
The cost of SSL Certificates varies between $50 - $300 per year
4. Website Design & Development
This is a bit more difficult to answer as much will depend on the size and functionality of a website. A 5-10 page informational website will generally cost between $1000 - $2500.
An ecommerce website (one that sells products) generally costs between $2,500 - $10,000, depending on how many products you have and the complexity of the set up.
As there is a lot of work involved in setting up a professional website, if you find someone who is charging less than $800, I would definitely check out their references and portfolio.
5. Memberships / Plugins
You may also need to pay for additional services, such as Landing Page Builder, Email Automation, Calendar Booking System etc. Although many companies offer free versions, these are generally very limited. So depending on the membership level and service provided – you can be paying between $10 - $300 per month.
So these are just some rough figures to give you an idea on how much getting a website created by a professional website designer will cost you.
Naturally once your website is built you will need to set a budget for promoting your website and that can run from several dollars per day to several thousand per month.
To make it easy for our clients to budget, we have put together packages, starting from $990.
This is one of the most popular questions we receive at Marmoset, and is also impossible to answer.
It's the same kind of question as 'what does a house cost?'. Everyone knows that a house can be a tiny studio, or a 15 bedroom mansion, and most of us know that it is a silly question. The reason it's a strange question of course is not only that you can have a huge or tiny house, but it can be multiple storeys or full of automation, or a very basic structure made of straw bale, or thousands of variations in between.
For some reason people lose all logic and for some reason think that asking the question 'how much does a website cost?' is a legitimate question, and sometimes even demand immediate answers.
A web professional (not your run of the mill 'web designer') will ask a potential client many questions to ascertain a precise budget. These questions relate to (in no particular order):
- Who is the market for your services
- Is the purpose of your site to generate leads, sales or is it simply a point of contact
- Roughly how many pages wil be there in the site (ie 1-5 or posssibly 200-300 etc)
- Are you (the client) writing all the content or do you need us to write content for you
- Are you supplying images or do we supply photos, and do you need a photographer
- Are you selling online. If so what products and how many
- Is your market city, country or global
- etc etc etc
More to the point, if you are not asked these question you should run the other way as quickly possible, as the odds are that whatever you DO pay for your new website it will not serve your business. Remember, a website is a sales and marketing tool, not a technology item.
That's a Really Good Question
With professional web design prices ranging from $1000 to more than $100,000, there are a variety of factors that influence the cost of web design.
Would love to get your thougths on this @Meng Lin